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Freistaat Lippe
Free State of Lippe
State of Germany

1918 – 1947

Flag of Lippe


Location of Lippe
Lippe, within Germany at the time of the Weimar Republic
Capital Detmold
Government Republic
 - 1918-1920 Clemens Becker
 - 1920-1933 Heinrich Drake
 - 1933 Ernst Krappe
 - 1933-1936 Hans Joachim Riecke
 - 1936-1945 Alfred Meyer
 - 1945-1947 Heinrich Drake
Historical era Interwar period
 - Established 9 November 1918
 - Incorporation into NRW 21 January 1947
 - 1939 1,215.2 km² (469 sq mi)
 - 1939 188,598 
     Density 155.2 /km²  (402 /sq mi)

The Free State of Lippe (German: Freistaat Lippe) was a German state formed after the Principality of Lippe was abolished following the German Revolution of 1918.

After the end of World War II, Lippe was restored from Nazi rule. This autonomy ended in January 1947 when British forces incorporated Lippe into the new German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which had been established some 3 months earlier. The British established a number of military bases in North Rhine-Westphalia one of which was located within the former boundaries of The Free State of Lippe.

Coordinates: 51°56′10″N 8°52′41″E / 51.936182°N 8.877962°E / 51.936182; 8.877962



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